Vaticinari

The great thing about getting older is you tend to say what is on your mind without worrying about what others think. So, here is a little of what is on my mind, or at least what is left of it.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Smoke and Mirrors

What George W. Bush demands of those in his administration, and Republicans in both the House and the Senate, is total and absolute loyalty. With the help of the Republican machine, any who even voice objections are swiftly punished. Only those who toe the line and repeat the big lie without conscience, are rewarded. For those Democrats and Independents who oppose him, there is no attack too vicious to be denied. George W. Bush does not believe in the balance of powers--the safeguard the founding fathers gave us to protect us from abuse of power and the protection they hoped would protect us from the tyranny of the majority. He is instead using every means available to subvert balance in favor of centralized control in the hands of the executive branch, in his own hands.

George W. Bush does not believe in a free press. Instead, he believes in a carefully controlled propaganda machine that tells the American people only what he and his minions want the people to hear. This President does not believe in truth, but rather that the people of this country are stupid and will believe any lies he chooses to tell as long as they are repeated long enough and loud enough.

George W. Bush is not a Christian but a modern day Pharisee who uses religion to keep the true Christians focused on issues such as abortion and the right to life so they will not see that he is using the power of his office to destroy all the protections that the hard working men and women in this country have fought so hard to obtain. He keeps the decent people of this country focused on hot issues so they will not realize that he is destroying all of the safety-nets we have built up to protect those who suffer misfortune, and that can and will happen to any of us.

What happens to those who were not wise enough, or lucky enough to have built up a large enough nest egg to last through their retirement and who are unable to work in their eighties or nineties? If there are no safety nets, where do they go? What bridge do they live under, and where do they find dinner–in the trash bins behind the local supermarket? True Christians care about these people, but George W. Bush does not. He does not care what happens to you or your children or your grandparents.

What George W. Bush cares about is the wealthy getting richer while ordinary people have to work two and three jobs just to get by. This man plays the good-old-boy, but there has never been a more arrogant, less compasionate president in the history of this country. If Jesus were alive today, I think he would probably be leading a march on Washington, not have lunch with Pilate.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

A Nation of Workers

The predominant rule of capitalism seems to be that there is always someone who will do the job for less. Now, contrary to what President Bush says, we are not a nation of owners–most of us work for a living. That being the case, why should working men and women of this country support businesses that do not support us? I doubt that many would embrace the idea that, "The many of us exist to work for as little as possible so that the few might grow rich."

Religion and Goodness

There can be little doubt that religion has always promoted ignorance. There can also be little doubt that religion has been a primary source of hate, division, and ultimately violence. The most pertinent question to ask, it would seem to me, is, "Has religion ever been a source for good?" History would seem to indicate otherwise.

Friday, May 27, 2005

How Would You Rate Dubya?

Diagnostic criteria (PCL-R test)
In contemporary research and clinical practice, APD is most commonly assessed with the Hare Psychopathy Checklist- Revised (PCL-R), which is a clinical rating scale with 20 items. Each of the items in the PCL-R is scored on a three-point scale according to specific criteria through file information and a semi-structured interview. The items are as follows:

Interpersonal dimension
Glibness/superficial charm
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Pathological lying
Conning/manipulative
Lack of remorse or guilt
Shallow affect
Callous/lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Affective dimension
Need for stimulation/-proneness to boredom
Parasitic lifestyle
Poor behavioral controls
Early behavioral problems
Lack of realistic, long-term goals
Impulsivity
Irresponsibility
Juvenile delinquency
Revocation of conditional release

Behavioral dimension
Promiscuous sexual behavior
Many short-term marital relationships
Criminal versatility

Score 0 if the trait is absent, 1 if it is possibly or partially present and 2 if it is present. The item scores are summed to yield a total score ranging from 0 to 40 which is then considered to reflect the degree to which they resemble the prototypical psychopath. A score higher than 30 supports a diagnosis of psychopathy. Forensic studies of prison populations have reported average scores of around 22 on PCL-R; control "normal" populations show an average score of around 5.

Your score for Dubya _____

Corporate Sociopathy

If an individual had no obligation save his own well-being, and acted on this singular prospective without any regard or thought to the needs ofothers, we would deem him a sociopath. Yet, according to some, a corporation has no obligation save to gain the largest profit possible for its owners without regard to the effect it would have on workers and society as a whole. If this is true then it would seem that the ethic that guides corporate behavior is metaphorically, sociopathic. If nothing else, corporations provide the perfect blind for management and ownership to hide behind so as to evade any moral and ethical responsibility on their part. Nice world, this corporate world. But then someone has to make the politicians rich. Ask Dick Chaney!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Destruction of America

What will destroy America is the greed of its leaders and the complacency of its people.

Powerful Men

What twisted psyche have those who seek dominion over the world? Between the time of power and the time of death they tear this world asunder all the while thinking themselves the greatest of men Yet, their greatness is marked only by blood spilled earth and the cries of the dying. How many times must we pay the price for those who would be king? How many of our children must die so that these potentates may stand proud? How many centuries before we learn that these shadowed souls belong not in the corridors of power but in the darkened recesses of an asylum?

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Scourge

The greatest scourge ever foisted on this world is religion.

The Ten Commandments?

You would think the pious men and women of the Bush Administration would be mortified at the thought of disobeying any of the Ten Commandments. Do they not believe that these commandments should be posted in every courthouse and classroom in the nation as a guide for the American people? Perhaps the reason they have daily prayer meetings is to give themselves the needed opportunity to ask God's forgiveness for their disobedience to his laws--for the lives they have taken and the lies they have told. Our leaders do not believe they are accountable to the law's of man, so why should the law's of God be any different?

The Bible

The world revolves around stories and fiction is far more popular than nonfiction. The problem is that many do not know the difference between the two.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Abortion

Religion needs evil just as the media needs sensationalism. If they don't have it, they manufacture it.

Revelations the Series

"Fear makes men do the devil's bidding. Fear leads to greed, greed leads to war."
--The Bush Agenda